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A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood


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Mr. Rogers did testify before the United States Senate.

In 1969, President Richard Nixon was being tricky and tried to cut funding to the Public Broadcasting Network (in case you’re a Republican, PBS) from $20 million to $10 million.

Fred Rogers only spoke for six minutes. He used that time tell the Senate Subcommittee on Communication what he thought his job entailed, mostly, to instill confidence in children.

The chairman of the committee, John Pastore, had never seen the show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, but after Rogers was done, the chairman said, “I’m supposed to be a pretty tough guy, and this is the first time I’ve had goosebumps for the last two days. Looks like you just earned the $20 million.”

Mr. Rogers saved PBS from Tricky Dick.

What sort of reception would Mr. Rogers receive today before the Republican-controlled United States Senate? They’re not big fans of public broadcasting. Donald Trump has proposed cutting PBS and NPR (in case you’re a Republican, National Public Radio) funding from $450 million to less than the government allocated in 1969, down to $15 million.

Would Republicans call Mr. Rogers a “Never Trumper?” Would they cite the family separation policy and how it affects children? Would they ignore Mr. Rogers’ message as they work to send DACA kids back to nations they’ve never known? Would the party so enthusiastic about putting babies in cages heap scorn on Mr. Rogers’ message that all children are special and unique? Yeah, probably.

With the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” coming out this week, many in the media are talking about a kinder time when Mr. Rogers was spreading a message of love, kindness, and caring for one another. People wonder why we can’t return to that. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is supported by Republicans while he attacks and bullies women. While he tells minorities who were born here to “go back to where they came from.” While he tells us there’s really no one more special or important than he.

If we’re to ever go back to kindness and treating each other with civility, it’s not going to happen with Republicans in charge.

If there ever is an actual beautiful day in the neighborhood, you can count on Republicans to crap all over it.

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Hate In The House


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I had planned to write the most eloquent column in the history of political columns today, but now I’m too tired. You’ll just have to take my word for how awesome the blog was going to be.

A little after 6:00 PM last night, CNN called wanting me to draw another cartoon. Great. I thought there was no way I’d send them as many roughs as I did last week. I was wrong. But, I worked really late and they didn’t get back to me until this morning…after I had drawn the cartoon for this site and my syndication clients. I drew the one cartoon I was pretty sure CNN wouldn’t want out of all the roughs. Guess which one they wanted.

So, after giving that cartoon to the network and drawing this week’s cartoon for Costa Rica, I got started on your cartoon. There are about nine more ideas from which this was chosen. You’ll see all those on Sunday.

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Greetings For The 116th


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Yesterday was a historic day for Congress.

Nancy Pelosi became the first person elected as Speaker after leaving the position since Sam Rayburn in 1955. She remains the only women ever elected to the position.

There were several other historic achievements for women with the 116th Congress.

We saw the swearing-in of the first Native American women elected to Congress, Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, the first Muslim women elected to Congress, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, and the youngest member ever elected, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Cortez has become the Right’s favorite new symbol of scary women. Google “Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Brietbart” and see what comes up. They’re obsessing about her almost as much as they are about black crime.

Yesterday, Republicans groaned and booed her when she cast her vote for Pelosi. She was the only person they booed for voting. Republicans also released a video of her dancing with friends from her college days. Nothing salacious, evil, or malicious about the dancing, as they were doing a play on The Breakfast Club. But for some reason, this is a scandal for the GOP. If Footloose Kevin Bacon becomes a transexual and runs for Congress, they will totally flip out.

Mike Pence, a man afraid to be alone in a room with a woman who is not his wife, got a little thrill when he not only had to swear women in with a Quran but also the first openly bisexual woman elected to Congress. Kyrsten Sinema chose to be sworn in on a law book instead of the Bible. Pence probably experiences as much discomfort with the Constitution as he does with the Quran and “nasty” women capable of having their own thoughts.

The Women’s March in 2017 continued into the halls of Congress yesterday, and Republicans are petrified. They don’t know how to gerrymander the women vote.

More people are voting for Democrats now than for Republicans. In 2016 and 2018, the majority of the nation voted against Donald Trump. Despite controlling the Senate, more people voted for Democratic candidates. Women aren’t just voting and getting more involved with activism, they’re running for office. Cortez, an educated, socialist, woman who is not white represents everything they fear. The future.

I personally believe we need to keep electing more women, non-whites, and people with different religious beliefs to positions of power. We are a diverse nation. Our government should represent that.

Yesterday presented us with two contrasting images. One was of the most diverse Congress in history being sworn in. The other was Donald Trump surrounded by a bunch of old bald white guys griping about immigrants.

Guess which one represents your future.

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New Love/Hate


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The only thing Republicans fear and hate more than a liberal old white woman is a young brown one.

The GOP has been bashing Hillary Clinton since 1992. They’ve gaslighted the nation to the point that most people who hate Clinton can’t state anything factual to hate her over. They’ve been at Nancy Pelosi since the Bush 43 era and argue she’s too old to be Speaker of the House, despite the fact their Senate Majority leader is only two years younger. Elizabeth Warren is a fairly new target for them, but they can’t go at her without exhibiting racism. I’ll give you one guess why they hate Maxine Waters.

Maybe they’re getting bored with the women listed above because they’ve recently taken to attacking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who will be the youngest member in the history of the House of Representatives when she assumes office in January. Ocasio-Cortez defeated Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley in a primary and will represent a district that covers parts of Queens and the Bronx.

Ocasio-Cortez has everything Republicans need to hate. First off, she’s a she. We know how Republicans feel about women. She’s a self-described Democratic-Socialist, which really freaks out people who equate that with Venezuela instead of Norway. She’s a millennial, and they hate people who resemble their constituency. Finally, she’s a minority, and…yeah. The future of America is going to be a lot browner than white and that scares the living daylights out of the GOP. They can’t gerrymander fast enough to prevent it.

With the way the GOP is trying to destroy her, you would think she was a major presidential contender or possessed the Donald Trump pee tape. A day doesn’t seem to go by without some GOP flunky going after her on Twitter or Fox News.

Ocasio-Cortez revealed her plight of being unemployed for three months before she takes office and being unable to afford an apartment in Washington. Fox News, which is made up of millionaires, mocked and derided her for lacking affordable housing options. They failed to notice that this problem truly makes her a representative of America. They also failed to mention that around 50 Republican congressmen sleep in their offices because they claim they can’t afford a D.C. apartment.

There was a scandal over her wearing nice clothes to her orientation at the capital, which was a brouhaha Washington hadn’t seen since Obama put mustard on a cheeseburger.

Fox News’ resident Nazi-sympathizer Laura Ingraham ran a segment on Ocasio-Cortez threatening our nation with healthcare.

An editor for Daily Caller, Virginia Kruta, attended an Ocasio-Cortez rally and was petrified that the crowd was eager for healthcare, an education, and a living wage being a human right and accepting that the government has a responsibility to provide them. She wrote, “They talk about things that everybody wants, especially, like, if you are a parent.”

The Right isn’t sure how to handle her because she’s good with social media, and she fights back. A Washington Examiner columnist deleted his tweet after attacking her wardrobe.

Sean Hannity ran a segment, trying to scare his audience, listing her agenda of Medicare for all, housing as a human right, federal jobs guarantee, gun control, criminal justice reform, and end to private prisons, abolishing ICE, immigration justice, solidarity with Puerto Rico, fighting Climate Change, clean up campaign finance, higher education for all, women’s rights, and support of LGBTQ. Is Hannity bashing her or creating her campaign ads?

What they’re really afraid of is that she understands struggling in this nation and that giving more of our money to billionaires isn’t going to help the majority. She has a voice, and she knows how to use it.

When Mike Huckabee falsely accused her in a tweet of comparing her election victory to the moon landing, she hit back with, “Leave the false statements to Sarah Huckabee. She’s much better at it.”

She used Twitter to point out that as a member of Congress, she gets to pick her health insurance plan, and as a waitress, she had to pay twice as more than as a member of Congress. She tweeted, “It’s frustrating that Congressmembers would deny other people affordability that they themselves enjoy.”

That’s the voice of reason and understanding that scares Republicans. Hopefully, in their fear and hysteria, they’ll keep pointing it out. If she’s kicking their asses at 29, imagine what she’s going to do after she gains some experience.

What should scare them most of all is that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the future, and she’s not alone.

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Ditching Pelosi


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As the Democratic Party readies itself to take control of the House of Representatives, a small group of the party is talking about a need for fresh leadership.

There is not a debate that Minority Leader and former Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011 Nancy Pelosi is up there in years. At 78 years of age, she’s two years older than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and six years older than Donald Trump. Of course, no one is arguing about replacing those two old guys. They’re not even arguing about replacing 67-year-old Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who lost seats in the midterms.

But the House, which gained 37 seats (and still counting) under her leadership, is debating about replacing Pelosi. If I didn’t know better, I would think there’s a little sexism involved here.

I think Pelosi’s critics have a good argument about fresh faces, new blood, and a younger generation to lead the party. But, I think there’s a better argument for experience.

Right now, there’s only speculation on who would replace Pelosi. A better question would be; who has the ability to lead the House? Who can count? Who can herd cats? Who is best to weather juvenile personal attacks in presidential tweets?

Pelosi is really good at all the above. Obamacare never would have passed without Pelosi. In case you have a short memory, let me remind you that Obamacare has only recently become popular among the general public. It was detrimental to the Democratic Party and President Obama’s poll numbers back when it was passed. The Democratic Party lost 63 seats and the House in the 2010 midterms, largely in part to Obamacare. You can probably blame Pelosi for some of that, but you can give her credit for herding Democrats to vote for Obamacare at the risk of losing their seats.

There has been much gaslighting about Pelosi, much like Republicans have done for over two decades to Hillary Clinton. She has been a boogeyman for them in campaigns and the face of all that is wrong with the Democratic Party. Yet, most Republicans couldn’t give you a specific reason why they don’t like her, except that she’s effective. If Republicans hate her, maybe Democrats should keep her.

Will Republicans use her in future campaigns? Most likely, just like they did during the last midterms, which didn’t work out for them.

I’m arguing for youth and experience. We need more youth in Congress, but they need to learn from those who are experienced. Pelosi should remain the Democratic Party’s choice for Speaker, for now. The younger members of Congress should pay attention and learn from her. If they don’t, they’ll end up with Speakers like John Boehner and Paul Ryan, who are two of the most ineffective and inept Speakers in the history of Congress. Democrats don’t need to pull a Boehner. Don’t give Donald Trump an easy foil.

Pelosi may not be as inspiring or energizing as an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but she delivers. Hopefully, in her next term as Speaker, the more youthful in the party will learn how to do the same.

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Sinking Speaker Ryan


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It doesn’t matter what you think of Nancy Pelosi. You can believe she’s too old, too liberal, too SanFrancisky. How you feel about her doesn’t change the fact that she’s damn good at her job, even if you don’t like what she does with her job.

John Boehner was extremely bad as Speaker of the House. The Republicans he led were all over the place and in constant revolt. The scary wing-nut Tea Party fringe of his party made being Speaker a miserable experience for him, and that was before the Trump era. Boehner couldn’t control his caucus, and he got out. Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, can herd her cats. She’s still the leader of her party in the House.

Paul Ryan may be a worse Speaker than Boehner. To be fair, Ryan didn’t really want the job as he knew it was a task corralling unreasonable grown-up babies with tinges of racism…and that was before Trump became the leader of the Republican Party.

On Wednesday, Paul Ryan told his staff and the world what most of us already knew, he’s not going to be Speaker of the House in 2019.

Ryan stood up to Trump before Trump came to power. In 2016, after candidate Trump said a judge of Mexican heritage was unfit to oversee a lawsuit against him because he was of Mexican heritage, Ryan said that was the “textbook definition of a racist comment.”

After President Trump said there were good people among the white supremacists in Charlottesville chanting “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us,” Ryan was silent. When Trump said, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?,” Ryan said those type of comments were “unfortunate.”

What was truly unfortunate was having a Speaker of the House refuse to stand up for what’s right and put country over party and Trump worship. Ryan was able to call out Trump’s racism until that racist became someone who’d help him cut healthcare benefits, provide huge tax cuts to the richest one percent of Americans, and place a conservative on the Supreme Court seat the GOP stole from President Obama.

Ryan always claimed his goal was to trim the national debt. With Trump’s help, he’s put into place cuts that will eventually leave us with a $19 trillion deficit.

Some say Ryan is getting out now because he doesn’t want to lose his upcoming election. I don’t think that’s it. I think he’s getting out now because he doesn’t want to work with the Trump and have to explain his early-morning tweets from the toilet anymore, and he has no ambition to be Minority Leader.

Ryan says he’s leaving to spend more time with his family as he’s tired of only seeing his children on weekends. We’ll see how often he’s home if he takes a job lobbying in D.C.

Paul Ryan sold his soul to the devil and that devil’s name is Donald Trump. Maybe, in a few short years from now when Trump is in a federal penitentiary, Paul Ryan can visit it on weekends.

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Congressional Booty


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We do not send our representatives to Washington to use their positions to commit sexual harassment. And, when they do and have to settle their workplace disputes, we should not be the ones financing their settlements.

In the early 90s, there was a scandal over members of the House and Senate bouncing checks at the Congressional bank. Most of us weren’t even aware Congress had its own bank. The outrage was so loud that Congress eventually closed the bank. I believe this new information regarding a taxpayer-financed Congressional “shush” fund should garner more outrage.

While Democratic Congressman John Conyers’ settlement with a staffer accusing him of sexual misconduct came out of his own budget, it exposed that over $17 million of our money has been paid to settle workplace disputes, which includes cases of sexual harassment.

Do you know which lawmakers or their aides have settled disputes over sexual harassment? I don’t know either because it’s kept secret.

Representative Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, testified that two sitting members of Congress, one in each party, have engaged in sexual harassment. She blames the Office of Compliance, which doles out the money. The Office of Compliance is complicit with sexual harassment because by paying these funds out secretly it doesn’t provide a warning for potential victims or punishment for the perpetrators.

Both chambers are now changing rules regarding sexual harassment. The House is about to pass a resolution requiring all members and their staffs participate in anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training, which the Senate has already adopted. A larger hurdle will be getting them to change the rules regarding secrecy. What do you want to bet there are more than two members who have paid out settlements? How many former members are there?

I want to know and I demand that right. So should you. We already know the House and Senate are full of shit weasels but do we have to finance them when they get gropey?

While Conyer’s settlement didn’t come from the “shush” fund, we still paid for it as it came out of his office’s budget. Should Conyers resign? Yes. While the charges against him may have been politically motivated, he still paid out a settlement, used our money to do it, and then kept it hidden. Yes, Conyers should resign. I will not be partisan when it comes to sexual harassment, especially when it’s combined with making us pay the toll for it. And, yes. It’s not fair for Conyers to resign while Trump is still in office but, one hurdle at a time, people.

Plus, if Conyers has to eat it maybe it’ll force those who legislate themselves to take this issue seriously. They need special training to behave like human beings instead of leeches and, they need to end the pattern of secrecy to protect themselves.

Settlements are often the only means in which a victim achieves some sort of justice. Unfortunately, these settlements are also used to silence the victims and protect the perpetrators. Using our money to silence victims is unjust and it should be criminal. Our money should not be used to protect the accused.

I want the accused named and I want it done now.

I haven’t been silenced about this and I intend to get very loud. Join me. Hold our elected representatives accountable.

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